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Reward offered after bald eagle killed

Posted March 31, 2011
Updated April 1, 2011

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— An adult bald eagle died this week after being shot in Warren County, and state and federal wildlife officials offered a reward Thursday for information leading to a conviction in the case.

The wounded eagle was found March 20 along Faulkner Quarter Road near Wise. Wildlife officers took the eagle to a veterinarian, and an X-ray revealed the cause of its broken wing.

"He had been shot. Who would do that? They have to known that they shot him," said David Alan Conde, with West Hills Veterinary Center in Henderson.

Conde did surgery to repair the wing, but the odds were stacked against the bird.

"He was really weak. He'd been on the ground several days before someone found him," said Conde. "He did real well for a couple of days, then he started going downhill. He stopped eating."

Clinic staff found the eagle dead on Tuesday.

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission is leading a criminal investigation of the bird's death. Wildlife officer Richard Creech said that residents are talking, but so far, he has no suspects.

Creech said that finding a bald eagle that had been shot was a first for him.

"We've found eagles that have been hit by cars or had broken wings, but none that were shot," he said.

Bald eagles are protected by the federal Bald and Golden Eagle Protection Act and the federal Migratory Bird Treaty Act. Killing or harming a bird carries maximum penalties of up to $100,000 in fines and one year in prison.

"A bald eagle is not something you got out there and hunt," Creech said. "It represents our country, something we feel dearly about. We want to find out who's responsible for it."

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The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission initially offered a reward of up to $2,500 in the case.

The reward was increased Friday to $5,500 after the Humane Society of the U.S. added $2,500 and Ample Storage of Raleigh kicked in $500, officials said.

Anyone with information about the shooting is asked to call Creech at 252-886-3614 or 252-438-3428 or Sandra Allred, a special agent for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, at 919-856-4786.

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  • just my2cents Apr 1, 2011

    The law is teh law, whether or not you think the bird is worth the money to "fix" it. I hope neighors talk enough to put the shooter behind bars.

  • whatelseisnew Apr 1, 2011

    "One of the problems in this country today is people are all about themselves...very evident in the statement above. A very blatant cry of selfishness really, but I'm sure you don't really care do ya?"

    It is far more selfish to waste time and money on this.

  • Deb1003 Apr 1, 2011

    The Bald Eagle is such a majestic bird. I know, it's a scavenger at times, but beautiful, nonetheless. I remember watching them fly over the water behind our home in VA, soaring down to the water and catching fish. I cannot understand why anyone would shoot them. Hope the culprit is caught and prosecuted.

  • LIR Mar 31, 2011

    I've always have been fascinated by an eagle. There beauty is beyond compare. The flag also represents our country yet we allow people to burn it. Where's the compassion for the flag?

  • newwake Mar 31, 2011

    blah blah blah who cares? it dont food on my table or gas in my tank to get to work.yall cry about something important.

    One of the problems in this country today is people are all about themselves...very evident in the statement above. A very blatant cry of selfishness really, but I'm sure you don't really care do ya?

  • lynchb01 Mar 31, 2011

    The Bald Eagle is something sacred to this country,it should mean something to us as proud americans!
    Some of you have no shame...

  • angimomma Mar 31, 2011

    Here's an idea, up the reward to at least half of what the fine is. I'm sure a lot of people would be willing to cough up their friend/family for that as opposed to the measly 2500.

  • white0333 Mar 31, 2011

    blah blah blah who cares? it dont food on my table or gas in my tank to get to work.yall cry about something important.

  • Jeremiah Mar 31, 2011

    "Okay, first of all, it's the national bird and a protected species which is the main issue."

    Fair enough, i just don't understand why it being a "national bird" makes it much more important than any other animal.

    "Second of all, if you shoot a deer or a turkey and just injure it instead of killing it and leave it to die, yes, I have a problem with it. If you shoot a turkey or a deer and eat it, I have no problem with it. Are you planning on eating an eagle?"

    No, I'm not planning on killing anything. I'll eat turkey though.

    I was just asking, i just think some people are being a tad hypocritical with their outrage.

  • rescuefan Mar 31, 2011

    "Do some of you who are so upset about this condone hunting for sport? If so, why do you care more about this eagle than a deer or a turkey?
    Jeremiah"

    Okay, first of all, it's the national bird and a protected species which is the main issue.

    Second of all, if you shoot a deer or a turkey and just injure it instead of killing it and leave it to die, yes, I have a problem with it. If you shoot a turkey or a deer and eat it, I have no problem with it. Are you planning on eating an eagle?

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